School Food Matters turns 15

It’s our birthday! We’re celebrating 15 years of teaching children about food and improving access to healthy and sustainable school meals.

It is your kind donations that help ensure we can provide a wide range of fun, hands-on food education programmes to schools free of charge. The children not only learn about where their food comes from, but also develop important life-long skills through growing, harvesting and cooking delicious fresh fruit and veg.

We have a track record of 15 years of fabulous food education but we want to reach even more children in schools across the country. If you are passionate about creating a generation engaged with the benefits and pleasures of healthy eating, we would love you to support us.

  • Farm visits
    3,204
    children visited a farm
  • Growing vegetables
    6,348
    children and adults have learned how to grow veg
  • Food education
    54,922
    children have participated in our food education projects
  • Selling fruit and vegetables
    £33,468
    raised by our children from selling fruit, veg and home-made chutneys
  • Learning to cook
    3,359
    children have learned to cook from scratch
  • Food and fun club
    330
    children attended a holiday food and fun club
  • Beekeeper visit
    4,680
    children were visited by a London beekeeper
  • Healthy breakfasts
    1 million
    healthy breakfasts provided to vulnerable children during school closures
Here’s 15 great reasons to donate:
Fifteen tasty recipes to try

These recipes have been developed with and for children in breakfast/after school clubs and our cooking workshops. Nutritious, filling and colourful dishes help to engage children and tickle their tastebuds. So why not make these tried and tested meals part of your next trusty tradition!?

If you’re veggie (V), vegan (VG) or in need of a gluten free (GF) recipe, we’ve got you covered. To help you work out which recipes are most suitable for you, check the key on each recipe.

Watch this space

Film

To celebrate 15 years, we’re producing a short film illustrating our passion for teaching children about food from a young age and ensuring no child is too hungry to learn. It will be full of views and opinions from the children themselves and they will be helping us highlight the vision we have for the future of food in schools. In the meantime, check out our 10-year anniversary film.

Tea towels and tote bags

A big birthday is not complete without limited edition tea-towels and tote bags. We’ve asked the children we work with to draw their favourite vegetable or fruit.  We’ll be selecting our favourites and using them to create vibrant veg-tastic designs which will soon be available for you to buy either as a bright addition to your kitchen, or to make a healthy style statement out shopping.

Market days

Our 15th birthday isn’t the only big date in our calendar. School children involved with our Young MarketeersKnow your Onions and Schools to Market programmes have been learning to grow fresh fruit and veg at their schools, and will be selling their tasty produce at local street markets in the next few weeks. Come down and show support!

London

Young Marketeers Summer Sale:

📍Borough Market, 7July (11am-1:30pm)

Schools to Market sale days:

All on 13 July (11am-1pm)

📍At seven Whole Foods stores (Fulham, High Street Kensington, Richmond, Camden, Clapham, Piccadilly, Stoke Newington)

Know your Onions market days:

All on 14 July (12pm-2pm)

📍Enfield Market, Walthamstow Market, Inverness Street Market (Camden), Surrey Street Market (Croydon), Ridley Road Market (Hackney)

Outside London…

Young Marketeers in the Regions

📍Liverpool - Liverpool ONE, 12 July (12pm-2pm)

📍Newcastle - Grainger Market, 14 July (11am-1pm)

📍Stroud - Stroud Shambles Market, 15 July (11am-1pm)